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Should I replace cpu or gpu first

So I have a older set up I have a i5 2500k and a gigabyte windforce 670 overclock 2gb. I get awfull fps on BO3 like not consistent at all sometimes 109 sometimes 24 which one should I replace first to get better game play.
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  1. Definitely the GPU. The CPU, while quite old, is still plenty fast. Your culprit is the GPU, any card for $100 or more will do wonders on your system.

    Hope it helps! :)
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  2. Check your CPU isnt overheating, but yeah replace the GPU first.
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  3. Blas said:
    Definitely the GPU. The CPU, while quite old, is still plenty fast. Your culprit is the GPU, any card for $100 or more will do wonders on your system.

    Hope it helps! :)


    Yea I am thinking about going to 1060 or 1070 thank you.
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  4. RobCrezz said:
    Check your CPU isnt overheating, but yeah replace the GPU first.


    Thanks man yah it aint overheating I check that all the time.
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    Use something like MSI Afterburner to check CPU and GPU usage while you game. If you see CPU usage nowhere near 100% but GPU usage always near 100% then that proves a new videocard will help you. And I'm sure that's the case.

    edit: The usage when framerate drops is what I mean, that's when you'll see which one is the weak component.
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  6. dontlistentome said:
    Use something like MSI Afterburner to check CPU and GPU usage while you game. If you see CPU usage nowhere near 100% but GPU usage always near 100% then that proves a new videocard will help you. And I'm sure that's the case.

    edit: The usage when framerate drops is what I mean, that's when you'll see which one is the weak component.


    See cpu is at 95-100 percent the entire time cpu is at 50-75%
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  7. Its with bo3 which is apparently a thing for i5s https://steamcommunity.com/app/311210/discussions/0/490125103626223782/
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  8. Turned off vsync like everyone in that article said and no difference. Ran MSI in another game "Squad" and in that game the GPU is pinned at 90-100 and the CPU is at like 50%
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  9. Definitely replace your GPU, as it is very outdated and only has 2gb of Vram, the CPU will need replacing soon, but it's not in as dire of need as your GPU.
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  10. Got a 1060 and now its fixed 120 fps on high!
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